I did a double cutout this weekend far, far away from home while on a business trip. Stayed for the weekend at a friend's ranch house in West Texas, and found two feral hives to cut out.
The first was a dead out, fairly fresh. Dozens of bees butt up in the comb just inches from honey. Robbers led me to the hive in a wall.
The second was in an upside down stock tank pinned down by 3-5 tons of scrap steel. You'll see the video when I post it. Anyway, I cut out the comb in the afternoon but I missed the queen. She shrank back to the back of the stock tank and the bees began to cluster. I abandoned the attempt to get her for a steak dinner with my friends at the country club and figured I'd get the cluster in the morning. Morning came with a light rain so the bees were there and not flying. BUt I didn't know how far up in the cluster the queen is. Is she at the very very top, or 1/3 down from the top or dead center at 1/2 from the top? I used field expedient improvisation and caught 1/2 the cluster in a dustpan. Bee butts fanning told me I got her. But I still don't know where the queen is when bees cluster.
JP your wisdom is solicited...
PS. the cotton honey the hive had was premium stuff.